Five Greek Folk Dances 

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Five Greek Folk Dances Schafer CD Cover


About the album:
WORLD PREMIERE

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CD Baby, this single is the world premiere recording of renowned composer R. Murray Schafer’s exciting work Five Greek Folk Dances recorded by Toronto musicians violinist Stephen Sitarski, Concertmaster of the Hamilton Philharmonic and Esprit Orchestra, and composer- pianist Réa Beaumont 


R. Murray Schafer, composer
The recipient of five honorary doctorates, R. Murray Schafer is a prolific composer and author perhaps best known for his World Soundscape Project and for coining the term ‘soundscape.’ His mammoth cycle of music dramas “Patria” (homeland) written over the past 40 years incorporates the natural environment into the works themselves and draws extensively on mythological references.In 2013 Dr. Schafer was made a Companion of the Order of Canada “for his contributions as an internationally renowned composer of contemporary music, and for his groundbreaking work in acoustic ecology.” He was awarded the first Glenn Gould Prize (1987), the Canada Council for the Arts’  coveted Walter Carsen Prize, and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achivement (2005).  For more information please visit the Canadian Encyclopedia of Music.

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Stephen Sitarski, violin
Concertmaster of Canada’s Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Esprit Orchestra, violinist Stephen Sitarski has premiered many works by leading Canadian composers.  He is a regular participant in diverse festival events nationally and also internationally, and he was recently awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Currently he is a faculty member of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo (Canada), at Toronto’s Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and maintains an active private studio in Toronto. 


Réa Beaumont, piano
Described as “a tremendous pianist” (CBC Radio 2), Réa Beaumont has garnered critical acclaim for her international solo concerts and radio broadcasts.   She has collaborated with esteemed composers to premiere 60 compositions, including those commissioned for her by the CBC.  Beaumont is also the author of the book “Composer Barbara Pentland” (1912-2000) for which she was named “a world authority” (CBC Radio 2) on the post-war serial composer.  

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